CERTIFIED FARM SEEKER PROGRAM
Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP)
Certified Farm Seeker Program
Over the past few years, the Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) has been asked to provide additional assistance and opportunities for beginning and expanding farmers seeking beyond just the existing Virginia Farm Link database. Working in partnership with the Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers, in 2012 OFP developed a Certified Farm Seeker (CFS) program designed to provide individuals seeking farming opportunities with the tools needed to successfully demonstrate their farming commitment and vision to interested landowners. The CFS program uses the five curriculum modules (whole farm planning introduction, business, land acquisition and tenure, marketing, and on-farm experience) developed by BFRCP and will help farm seekers develop a farm business plan and resume, as well as demonstrate on-farm experience. The program is designed to help all levels of beginning and experienced young farmers who are looking to farm or to expand their farm.
Who can become a Certified Farm Seeker?
How do you become a Certified Farm Seeker?
What are the benefits of becoming a Certified Farm Seeker?
How can I apply for this program?
Who has successfully completed the CFS program?
There are currently 14 farmers who have successfully completed the CFS program. Many more farmers are in various stages of completing the certification.
Click here to view the Certified Farm Seekers List.
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